About Me

Who I Am

I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department of the University of Cincinnati. I lead the Human Language Technologies Lab and I am a member of the University of Cincinnati Institute for Analytics Innovation.

My research spans natural language processing, privacy, and artificial intelligence. Recently a focus of my work has been the Usable Privacy Policy Project. You can read more about my research interests.

Previously I was a postdoc and a lecturer in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science, and prior to that I was an NSF International Research Fellow in the University of Edinburgh's School of Informatics. I received my PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland in 2011.

Contacting Me

You can reach me at shomir.wilson _at_ uc.edu. If you are on UC's main campus, you can stop by my office at 835 Rhodes Hall.

Prospective Ph.D. Students: I have openings for Ph.D. students to work on projects related to natural language processing or privacy. I'm looking for students who have coursework in machine learning, NLP, or artificial intelligence, and I place a high value on good writing skills and attentiveness to detail. If you're interested in working with me, read some of my recent publications and email me with "PhD inquiry; read your recruiting note" as the subject line. Include a CV and an explanation of your specific interests in my research.

Curriculum Vitae

Here it is.

Latest News

2017-11-14: Cincinnati's Channel 9 News interviewed me today about FaceID in the iPhone X. (Skip to 1:00 in the video for the correct story.) A few claims in the segment that aired were misattributed to me, although I was still glad to speak with them. Also, although they cited me as a face recognition expert, this is incorrect; I spoke as a privacy researcher.

2017-10-29: I am proposing a workshop titled "AI and NLP for Web Privacy" for The Web Conference this coming April. The workshop will be a successor event to Privacy and Language Technologies, the AAAI Fall Symposium I organized in 2016. Contact me if you have nominations (including self-nominations) for the program committee.

2017-10-05: Thanks to the University of Cincinnati's IEEE student chapter for hosting me for a talk this evening.

2017-07-13: Our paper "Identifying the provision of choices in privacy policy text" has been accepted for presentation at EMNLP.

2017-06-14: Three of our posters have been accepted for presentation at SOUPS: "Increasing the salience of data use opt-outs online", "Nudges for privacy and security: Understanding and assisting users' choices online", and "Mobile app privacy compliance: Automated technology to help regulators, app stores and developers".

2017-05-13: Thanks to Hongning Wang for hosting me for a talk at the University of Virginia.

2017-04-29: I was a faculty marshal for the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at UC's Spring Commencement. Congratulations again to all of our graduates!

For older news, check the archive.